Sewing a French seam

In this tutorial, you will learn how to do a French seam.


1. Pin wrong sides together and place in the machine at 1cmseam allowance.

2. Sew the entire seam at the 3/8″ seam allowance.

3. Remove pins and trim the seam allowance down to 3-4mm.

4. Open the seam, right side of the fabric facing up.

5. Press the seam allowance to one side, on the right side of the fabric. Be sure to have your iron set to the correct heat for your fabric type.

6. Press on the wrong side to ensure the seam is flat.

7. Fold the fabric on the seam, right sides together. Press the seam flat with the stitching on the edge of the fold.

8. Pin the layers together along the pressed edge.

9. Insert the seam into your sewing machine. Sew 0.5cm from the previous stitched seam.

10. Continue sewing the entire seam, trapping the original seam and allowance in the fold.

11. Press on the wrong side of the seam, pressing the entire French seam to one side.

12. Press on the right side of the seam for a final pressing.